Oct. 2018

Hi there!

August is the 13th full month that I worked on Listen Notes full-time. Website traffic of this month is all-time high! 

You can read past issues of this monthly update.

Product updates

1. Published an opensource project: ListenApiDemo. It's a simple podcast search app using Django+React+ListenAPI.

2. Allow multiple people to contribute to the same Listen Later playlist. This feature took me a few days to build. It's like designing a communication protocol from ground up :) A locates B's username. A invites B. B gets an invitation email. B can decline or accept the invitation. If B accepts, then... Otherwise, then...


BTW, I've created a playlist "There's a podcast for that" to collect interesting niche podcasts. If you want to become a contributor of this playlist, just email me with your Listen Notes username.

3. Allow to create up to 20 Listen Later playlists (vs 5 previously).

4. Some improvements on Listen API, e.g., lightweight typeahead for podcasts, able to filter best podcasts by country...

5. Allow to signup / login with Twitter. Able to sync profile pictures from social accounts for newly signups.

6. "Topics" page. It's a collection of podcasts by topic (similar to Twitter hashtag page). This is an example

7. Able to comment to a podcast or an episode. It's a very basic implementation. I'll improve it a bit early Nov.

Company updates

So I'm in the progress of wrapping up all the planed features. I'll start focusing on monetization in December.

Some numbers

  • Database: 574k podcasts; 36.5 million episodes 
  • Website:
    • Page views: 400k
    • Unique visitors: 140k
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